I thought I'd post a post about Book Crossing, which I think many Voxer's know about, but I am thinking about it recently, so I decided thats the best thing to write about, even though I think I have written about it before, it's been so long, I can not recall it. And perhaps I can get a few people started in the habit!!
Bookcrossing launched in April 2001. I joined last year after reading about it on 43 things. It''s a thriving international community of people who love reading books, and Surprises. There are many ways to use the site, and many people exchange books via book boxes, and defintiely get recomendatiosn for new reads. But what actually captured my imagination is the "Wild Release"
Wild Releasing of a book means that one labels it with a nice label such as this one:
it gets a BookCrossing ID number, so it can be identified.
Then the releaser chooses a spot and leaves the book. The idea of course is that some lucky soul will find it, pick it up, read it, and enter the number into the site and leave a journal entry, and THEN…re release it into the "wild"
I like this idea very much. Unfortunately so far, I have released 39 books and have had one "caught" and journaled. Since I read so many trade paperback mysteries over the summer, this week seemed a good time to go on a release spree. In addition, since I read so many Murder Mysteries, October seemed a good time to release them. So I have released books…all over North Carolina. I thought I chose good spots….resturaunts (of varying quality), rest stops on the way to the beach, diaper changing areas for children's books, bus stop benches, and coffee shops. I released 9 in all. Mostly mysteries, a children's book, and a few historical fiction dealios.
I will add, I signed up for alerts on releases, and actually went as far as visiting some of the places where a book was supposed to have been released, and could NEVER find the book, soooooo, perhaps I'm not quick enough!
I have about 10 more to release. Any suggestions as to where would be good? I hope as knowledge of the site grows, so will knowledge of the practice. Americans it seems as quite self concious, and never want to pick up something that isn't thiers, even if no one else is around…after all, it could be considered stealing (Despite the take me, I'm free…labels.)
I'm hoping some weekend beach goers found my books, and will journal when they arrive home.
Anyone iterested in Bookcrossing? Check it out at www.bookcrossing.com (My user name is Katiebell, duh, so you can find me there!)